"This artist, a pupil of Thomas Sully, was celebrated for the excellence of his portraits. He went abroad in 1822, and shortly after gained renown by painting (at Leghorn) the portraits of Lord Byron and the Countess Giuccioli. For many years he maintained his easel in London, commanding large prices. Concerning him, Charles R. Leslie wrote: 'His pictures have a merit not the most common in the art.' And Dunlap (1833) says: 'This gentleman is one of those able artists who do honor to our country, and raise its reputation for talent and virtue in Europe.' This picture he called one of the 'gems' of his studio. West died at an advanced age, in 1857, at Nashville, Tenn. By William E. West (the 'Kentuckian.')"
Catalogue of a Loan Collection of Pictures forming the First Exhibition by the Art Association of Davenport, beginning February 23, 1878. Davenport: Egbert, Fidlar, & Chambers, Printers, 1878.